Glen Stanley Nelson, 94

Published 2:29 pm Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Glen Nelson

Glen Stanley Nelson, 94 of Charter House in Rochester, formerly of Austin, died Monday morning Sept. 26, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester following a brief illness. He was born January 17, 1917 in Osage, Iowa to Ole and Maude (Edge) Nelson. Glen grew up in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1935. On Aug. 30, 1936 he married Clara May Torgerson. From 1944 to 1946 he served his country in the United States Marine Corps during WWII in the South Pacific. He owned and operated Nelson’s Super Market in Austin for many years. He was also owner of Nelson’s Wheel Estates mobile home park. Glen was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the American Legion, V.F.W., Elks Lodge, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and a leader in the Associated Grocers organization. He will be remembered as a caring husband, father, and grandfather who had a love of flying airplanes, and enjoyed conversations on current events and personal life with friends, family and staff.

Survivors include his children, Leighton S. (Barbara) Nelson of Dunnellon, Florida and Rochester, Minnesota, and Audrey M. Nelson of Punta Gorda, Florida and Rochester, Minnesota; five grandchildren, Janell Ann Nelson, Craig Bernatz, Scott Bernatz, Lori Loverink, Brad Bernatz; eleven great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; one nephew; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ole and Maude Nelson, and his wife Clara, after 73 years of marriage.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday Sept. 30, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church in Austin with Pastor Marilee Benson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 91 and V.F.W. Post 1216. The family prefers memorials to Mayo Clinic for Projects on Aging or the Charter House Benevolent Care Fund. Memorial donations for either of these can be mailed to Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, 55905.

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Services performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at